links for 2010-05-12

  • According to data provided by NPD Group, Google’s Android platform has surpassed Apple’s iPhone in terms of unit sales in the most recent quarter. Is this really surprising?
    The NPD Group says that Research In Motion owns 36% of the smartphone market in the U.S. Given that one out of every two smartphones sold in the U.S. are RIM’s BlackBerries, its grip on the number one spot is absolute — at least for now.
    In the most recent quarter, NPD’s research says that 28% of all smartphones sold in the U.S. were Android-based devices. Apple follows in the third spot with 21% of U.S. smartphone sales. NPD credits the shift to strong sales of the HTC Droid Eris, Motorola Droid, and other Android models that are available from all four major U.S. carriers.
  • The days of dial-up modems may be gone, but some websites are still surprisingly sluggish. The issue has gained urgency after Google recently introduced a change to its PageRank algorithm that rewards sites that run faster. The search company says that users spend less time interacting with slower sites; adding to the issue are users visiting sites from mobile devices with spotty connections.


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